Fourteen years ago tonight, Phish stepped on stage in Albany, New York, and finished one of the most creative and well-loved tours of their career. Each and every night brought a new musical assault on the audience, and this night would be the last. Following a gritty and exploratory second set of Albany’s opening show, the band threw down a celebratory set of anthems to conclude a tour that fans still celebrate to this day.

The meat of the second half is a full throttle romp through “Ghost,” “Mike’s” and “Llama.” After “Ghost” had been such an extravagant vehicle of groove throughout the tour, Phish gradually built this jam into a seething excursion that favored a shreddier path. And as “Ghost” wound down, Phish wound up another heavy-hitter of the season, “Mike’s Song.” Splashing into ballistic Fall ’97 stop/start funk around the comical, in-jam banter, “Bring In the Dude!” the guys alternated solos during the breaks and absolutely blew the roof of The Knick with adrenalized musical fury and one of the more energetic band-audience exchanges in memory. The end of such a legendary tour would not go quietly into the night.

Building the jam into dirty, clav-painted rock textures, the band then took it way down before bursting back into the piece at a breakneck pace. Taking their head of steam into an aggressive jam that saw its way out of “Mike’s” structure, the band was playing not like it was their last night of tour, but as if it was the last night of their lives. Building into a quickened pattern, Trey took the idea and turned it into a scorching mid-second set “Llama.” Phish finished the set with the more uplifting playing of “Weekapaug -> Catapult -> “Weekapaug” and “Harry Hood,” and although Fall ‘97 was finally over, the community was shits and giggles after a month of the best music we’d ever heard from the band. And New Year’s Run was only two weeks away…

I: Ya Mar > Axilla > Theme From the Bottom, Ginseng Sullivan, Strange Design, Sample in a Jar, Vultures, Tube, Good Times Bad Times

II: NICU, Punch You In the Eye, Ghost > Mike’s Song -> Llama, When the Circus Comes, Weekapaug Groove -> Catapult -> Weekapaug Groove, Harry Hood

E: My Soul, The Squirming Coil


Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Mike’s -> Llama” 12.13.97 II

Phish brought it home in Albany and this sequence provided the dark meat of the set



Sand” 12.13.99 II

And while we are celebrating anniversaries, this big-time “Sand” dropped in Providence 12 years ago, tonight.

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1,005 Responses to “Albany—Twelve-Thirteen”

  1. sumodie Says:

    Ahhh, but does he realize that his comments were hilarious and he is now a BB folk hero?

    cue theremin led folk tune with lots of random-hand-waving-along from fans

  2. kayatosh Says:

    just cued up 8.17.2011 set II. will be listening for otherworldly sounds.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    7zip is a very small, non-invasive extractor. it will be less damaging to your work computer than most websites in terms of what it exposes you to

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my new, revised hope for MSG is Roggae->WHR Jam

  5. BingosBrother Says:

    Look for some weird shit in Piper too kaya. Some very cool shit.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    may just lay down for this one. irie

  7. Mr palmer Says:

    NYC @ bingo’s?

  8. Mike in Austin Says:

    That’s the way I felt at the show Kaya. Floors were kinda gross though.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    it still gasts my flabber to hear how they plain ended up in Guy Forget. stunning.

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Cheering from the bench palmer.

    When NQ started up at uic, I asked my dad if he knew what song this was. he looked at me and said, “shit, I was at this concert 30 years ago!” Thanks Phish, pretty much made his night.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    a similar thing happened for me at camden in ’10. had my brothers with me and one called The Rover out before anyone around us knew what was going on. he was psyched

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    best detail:

    “That man was later stopped by police with $88,000 in a canvas bag. He said that the car and the money belonged to Hurd. Police confiscated the money, and Hurd later contacted authorities trying to get the money back.

  13. sumodie Says:

    Phish 1991-12-04.SBD.109607.flac24 ***NEW TRANSFER***

    Set I
    1. Llama [3:45]
    2. Reba [10:30]
    3. Landlady [3:30]
    4. Runaway Jim [7:47]
    5. Cavern [4:46]
    6. Poor Heart [3:10]
    7. Brother [5:01]
    8. // Squirming Coil [6:26]
    9. Dinner and a Movie > [3:31]
    10. Bouncing > [3:44]
    11. David Bowie [14:58]

    Set II
    1. My Sweet One [3:02]
    2. Stash [8:15]
    3. Mango Song [7:06]
    4. Mike’s Song > [7:43]
    5. Hydrogen > [3:01]
    6. Weekapaug [6:12]
    7. Sparkle [3:56]
    8. Lizards // [4:56]
    9. Chalkdust Torture [5:26]
    10. HYHU > [1:26]
    11. Love You > [4:32]
    12. HYHU [1:12]
    13. Golgi Apparatus [6:53]
    14. Sweet Adeline [2:00]
    15. Suzy Greenberg [6:00]

    I will be seeding this source as soon as it’s finished loading. Note that it’s 24bit so you’ll likely want to convert to 16bit in order to spin it

  14. BingosBrother Says:

    Meme Off!

  15. Mr palmer Says:

    Mr C! I’m sure you took some delight in that Cowboy fiasco on Sunday night

    JPP for President.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    I missed an El Dude faceplant?

    Can’t take your eye off the ball for a sec around here

    he was kind of building up to it I think. Trolling harder and harder.

  17. Esteban Says:


  18. Mr palmer Says:

    Bingos- hysterical.

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    I’m sure that was some quality shit eh @esteban?

    it does get a lot cheaper when you’re talking that kind of quantity tho

  20. tela'smuff Says: added Get Back On The Train to the Jamming Chart. 5 versions 10mins or more. seems an odd choice to chart in that way, but whatevs

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    two brilliant Cowboys failgames in a row, man

    it’s amazing. the most wonderful time of the year.

    Hey, that Hurd guy was a cowboy before he was a Bear….maybe they are missing him and his product

  22. kayatosh Says:

    Mr. C. go back to pg. 13 -15 for the faceplant and subsequent schooling. top shelf BB

  23. kayatosh Says:

    great memes

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    I wish there was a quality venn meme device.

    Ended up here, thanks to the magic of the internet.

    “I thought ‘I’m hallucinating, this is just wrong,'” Swoffer told the paper.

  25. MrCompletely Says:

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